The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health and Louisiana Public Health Institute present the 2018 Behavioral Health Symposium: Changing Practice, Changing Lives.

The symposium will be held Sept. 10-11 at Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, 4728 Constitution Ave. Professionals, consumers, family members, peers and advocates are invited to the two-day event focusing on promising and innovative behavioral health practices in Louisiana.

Speakers include Gov. John Bel Edwards; Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health; Dr. H. Westley Clark, Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California; and Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret.), coordinator of military relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Topics on the agenda include “Changing Bias in Mental Health,” “Coalitions: The Path to Healthy Communities,” “Behavioral Healthcare for the Homeless: Myth Busting,” “Recovery Reception: A Personal Recovery Perspective,” a facilitated town hall discussion on the opioid epidemic and more.

Cost is $40 per day plus processing fees. To register, view a full agenda or for more information, visit